RAGGA NYC

Frankie Reppin Jamaica

NAME: Frankie Decaiza Hutchinson
AGE: 29
ISLAND: Of Jamaican descent but never been there
CRAFT: Cco-founder of Discwoman. Primarily a booking agent amongst other tings

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 HOW HAS YOUR BACKGROUND AFFECTED YOUR LIFE/ WORK? Growing up in the Caribbean diaspora in London, I learned very fast what whiteness was and learned that whiteness “right”, desirable and beautiful. For a long time I considered myself ugly, stupid and believed I couldn't accomplish much more than high school. It took one teacher to broaden my horizons, which is cheesy lol but literally she said "you're a great writer you should apply for Oxford" and I was like what the fuck are you talking about. Completely blew my mind. Not even because she said Oxford but that someone actually thought I was smart and capable of doing more. I thought higher education was just for other people not my black self. I really do reflect and cry when i think about this. Racism really feels like a conspiracy. Why wasn't I told i could do more? This is just one event in my personal process of unlearning racism. As much as this process seems to never end, I must say its so beautiful to feel a sense of pride of having Jamaican ancestry that I can bring into what I do with Discwoman. It's such an emotional process to create a platform and be able to put people you wished you'd seen more at a young age on it. It feels like the biggest fuck you to all the racists I encountered growing up and this makes me maniacally beam with joy.

HOW HAS YOUR BACKGROUND AFFECTED YOUR LIFE/ WORK? Growing up in the Caribbean diaspora in London, I learned very fast what whiteness was and learned that whiteness “right”, desirable and beautiful. For a long time I considered myself ugly, stupid and believed I couldn't accomplish much more than high school. It took one teacher to broaden my horizons, which is cheesy lol but literally she said "you're a great writer you should apply for Oxford" and I was like what the fuck are you talking about. Completely blew my mind. Not even because she said Oxford but that someone actually thought I was smart and capable of doing more. I thought higher education was just for other people not my black self. I really do reflect and cry when i think about this. Racism really feels like a conspiracy. Why wasn't I told i could do more? This is just one event in my personal process of unlearning racism. As much as this process seems to never end, I must say its so beautiful to feel a sense of pride of having Jamaican ancestry that I can bring into what I do with Discwoman. It's such an emotional process to create a platform and be able to put people you wished you'd seen more at a young age on it. It feels like the biggest fuck you to all the racists I encountered growing up and this makes me maniacally beam with joy.

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 WHAT’S NEXT FOR YOU (UPCOMING PROJECTS)? Well we just closed out our bunch of traveling with Discwoman that was incredible. I think we're gonna try and lay low for a second (yeah right lol) and plan how best to attack the white supremacists patriarchy through events and music. In addition our agency DW Artists represents BEARCAT, DJ Haram, SHYBOI, UMFANG & Volvox who I'm continually so honored to be working with and want to focus on the agency being a great home for them and others in the future.  Photo:  Dan Gutt

WHAT’S NEXT FOR YOU (UPCOMING PROJECTS)?
Well we just closed out our bunch of traveling with Discwoman that was incredible. I think we're gonna try and lay low for a second (yeah right lol) and plan how best to attack the white supremacists patriarchy through events and music. In addition our agency DW Artists represents BEARCAT, DJ Haram, SHYBOI, UMFANG & Volvox who I'm continually so honored to be working with and want to focus on the agency being a great home for them and others in the future.

Photo: Dan Gutt